For the past several years, Wayland Baptist University has sent mission teams to Kenya twice annually — in January and July. The teams spend each month in the country working with Baptist churches and mission partners. Each trip includes on-going work with specific churches and groups, but also incorporates one of the more than 40 standing invitations the university has. In July, 2012 the team worked with Living Proof Baptist Church, which ministers to the slums of Limuru, with several churches in Kakamega and with Nyeri Baptist Church in Nyeri, which ministers to the Witemere slum.
Team members lead Bible studies, preached sermons, worked with the children of Christ Like Academy in Limuru and did door-to-door evangelism. A special component of this trip was a medical clinic in Limuru, led by Laurie Hall. Mrs. Hall, who is a 1985 Wayland graduate and the wife of WBU Executive Vice President/Provost Dr. Bobby Hall, is a registered nurse. She spent two days helping treat 270 residents of the Farmers and Misiri slums surrounding Limuru. Other team members were Dr. Rick Shaw, head of the Wayland program in Kenya and Director of the Wayland Mission Center; Dr. Robert Moore, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Wayland’s Plainview campus; Deborah Lavender-Bratcher, Associate Professor of Sociology; Richard Porter, Assistant Director of Communications at Wayland; Plainview High School student Monique Lucio; and Wayland students Samer Khamisi, Philip Avants, Ashley Price, Tabetha Karp and Katelynn Murga.